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Walker recall activists shoot for a million signatures

Now that they have gathered more than half a million signatures on petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker, recall organizers have upped the ante. On Dec. 15, the same day Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate made the dramatic announcement that volunteers had gathered 507,533 signatures in just one month, state Democrats and United Wisconsin, the groups overseeing the recall effort, set a new goal of 720,277 signatures. That's 33% of the 2010 general election turnout, as opposed to the 25% required by law to launch a recall. >More
 Jenni Dye moves from protests to politics with Dane County Board bid

The Capitol protests are now officially responsible for launching at least one political career. Fitchburg resident Jenni Dye, 30, whose prolific tweeting from the massive Capitol protests last winter netted her thousands of followers, is running for Dane County Board. >More
 Judging appointments made by Walker to the Dane County Circuit Court

Receiving a gubernatorial appointment to fill a judicial vacancy usually gives the appointee a leg up when it's time to run to keep the seat. Even a few months on the bench can help with name recognition at the polls. >More
 Wisconsin debt-free? Not so much

A recent fundraising letter for Gov. Scott Walker made a surprising claim about his accomplishments in office: "We've turned a $3.6 billion Jim Doyle deficit into a $300 million surplus. Wisconsin is debt-free for the first time in a decade," the Nov. 23 letter from Friends of Scott Walker read. >More
 Contractor's challenge to delay Madison Central Library renovation

A challenge to the city's bidding process might delay the renovation to the Madison Central Library project until late March. The city had planned to begin construction on February 13 and had awarded the construction bid to J.H. Findorff & Son, which bidded the project for just under $18.9 million. >More
 Madison settles lawsuit brought by the 'Culver's Five' in open carry incident

Madison announced today that it has settled a lawsuit brought by five men who openly carried handguns in a Culver's restaurant last September for a total of $10,000. >More
 School board rejects Madison Prep, supporters pledge discrimination suit

In a 5-2 vote, the Madison school board early Tuesday morning rejected a proposal to open a charter school intended to help close the district's 43-year-old racial achievement gap. >More
 Solidarity Sing Along continues to rally at Wisconsin Capitol despite new rules

If new rules regulating protests at the Wisconsin Capitol are designed to crackdown on demonstrations ahead of a likely recall campaign against Gov. Scott Walker, they had the exact opposite effect on Monday. >More
 Solidarity Sing Along defies new Wisconsin Capitol access regulations

About three hundred singers gathered on the State Street steps of the Wisconsin Capitol on Friday, December 16, for the week-ending edition of the Solidarity Sing-Along. Turnout was bigger than usual, though, as it was also held in protest of new regulations set out by the state Department of Administration restricting terms of speech and assembly both inside and outside the building. >More
 From Nevada to Wisconsin: Political operatives reprise Reid-Angle faceoff in Walker recall

Professional political campaign operatives are a nomadic class, roving from one state to the next, hoping their careers ascend with the fortunes of their candidate employers. If not, there's always the next election. This is a pretty typical state of affairs in the raise-money-to-buy-media-spots practice of American politics, and has only accelerated with social media in the mix. >More
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